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Monday, November 29, 2010 - 11:29am

Jekyll Island To Unveil Conservation Plan

The Jekyll Island Authority will unveil its plan this week for conserving natural areas on the state-run barrier island.

The preliminary draft to be presented Wednesday has been about a year in the making.

Jekyll officials say, its purpose is to detail exactly how natural areas will be preserved and how developed areas can be best managed to benefit wildlife.

Joseph Malbasa of the Jekyll Island Citizens Association says, he wants a plan that maintains balance.

"We want to keep people coming here and we want more people to come here," Malbasa says. "But we also want it to be maintained as a park."

Wednesday's meeting will be videotaped and put online.

So will the 40 pages of diagrams and step-by-step instructions for each element of conservation management.

"This is a plan that's focused on conservation," says Jekyll Island Authority spokesman Eric Garvey. "You can kind of look at it as a subset of the master plan."

The Jekyll Island Authority will take public comments before a final document is approved early next year.

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